Over Planning-How To Stop It?-(And Start Doing!)
I am a planner by nature. Seriously, I like planning. I get a slightly ridiculous quantity of pleasure out of planning vacations and projects and after that crossing things off in my to-do list. And while being a good planner can be a massive asset and some people could definitely use a little more of it into their lives. Over planning tends to be a bit of a problem for me personally.
Firstly, over planning is a pretty serious form of procrastination. I’ve some massive projects that I want to tackle in my company and in all honesty, I am pretty nervous about launching them and neglecting. So instead I just keep planning, hoping I will eventually feel ready.
Spoiler alert: I’ll never feel ready. In my personal life on planning was a hindrance because it’s really kept me from living in the present. I have a tendency to stress and overthink about what is going to happen in the future. And it’s had a serious impact on my happiness.
I finally got a bit of a wakeup call and realized how large a problem my over planning really was. And I started working on it in order that I could start enjoying and living in the moment and start really accomplishing things in my business. If any of this sounds just like you, continue reading to learn how to stop over planning. And the way to start DOING instead!
How to Stop Over-Planning (and Start Doing!)
The Problem with Over-Planning
Over-planning doesn’t lead to action:
For the longest time, I believed that the more time I spent planning and the more well educated I was, the stronger I’d be. And although this makes sense theoretically, there’s one fatal flaw in this line of thought. Over planning doesn’t really lead to action. There comes a stage in the planning stage where what you are doing is no longer productive.
Now, regrettably, there is no clear cut way to tell where this stage is. But it is better to take action too soon and have to go back and fix things than to never take action at all.
Over-planning makes you inflexible:
The longer you plan, the more attached you become to your plan. And once you become too attached to the plan, you become inflexible. And after that you have a tendency to become frustrated and give up when the plan doesn’t go just as you envisioned it. There is a quote that says, Be stubborn about your goals, and adaptable about your methods. The next time you find yourself over planning and stressing things are not going according to plan, keep in mind that quote!.
Over-planning leads to overthinking (which leads to worry):
Over planning makes you to obsess and overthink about things. And nothing is fun anymore whenever you hit there! When I have over planned something, I notice that it’s followed by overthinking. And that always leads to stressing. And once I have gotten to this point, it is really hard to step back and gain viewpoint on what I was planning for in the first place.
Signs You Might Be an Over-Planner
You plan a lot but have little to show for it:
This one right here’s me! My brain has some severe shiny object syndrome and I am continuously thinking of thrilling new ideas. And after that I spend forever planning them. And nothing happens. I never move out from the planning stage and into the doing point. If this sounds like you, you are probably guilty of over planning!
You’re afraid of not being perfect:
Do you find yourself holding back because you are scared that your work will not be perfect? . Or you are scared of what individuals will think? . Many men and women think of perfectionism as a fantastic quality. Certainly if you are a perfectionist you create great work! In reality, perfectionists tend to procrastinate and create nothing because they’re afraid it is not 100% perfect.
You frequently abandon projects:
If you start working on a great deal of jobs, but never seem to complete them, there’s a fantastic chance you’re an overly planner. You find yourself starting a project, but as soon as one little thing doesn’t proceed according to the plan, you abandon ship.
You’re constantly worrying about “what ifs”:
Those of us who over plan and above think spend far too time at the future. This completely applies to me too! I used to spend as much time asking myself what should, questions. I am still guilty of this, but I have also come a long way. Part of the way I have overcome this is simply by adopting the what if’s.
What if things do not go as planned? Yep, that might happen. But imagine what other unexpected however amazing things can come out of that.
How to Stop Over-Planning
Take note of how you spend your time:
A huge part of learning to stop over planning is first realizing that you are finished planning. So whenever you take a seat to work on your business, look closely at the time is being spent. If you find that days, weeks, months, etc., are going by and you are still in the planning phase, that is a severe problem. Once you know WHERE you are spending the most of your time, you can start focusing on getting to where you would like to should be spending the most of your time.
Be intentional about what you consume:
I love learning from other bloggers and once I first decided to start climbing and monetizing my website, I soaked up all the knowledge I could out of people who were a couple steps ahead of me.
Using resources like other bloggers is fantastic thought & help, to an extent. It definitely begins to become an issue whenever we drop down the rabbit hole of information. For example, let us say you decide you wish to write an eBook. So you begin reading blog posts on how to assemble publish an eBook.
And after that a month later you are still soaking up all the knowledge you could on how to publish an eBook, and you never write the freaking book. One other Problem with consuming too large an amount of content is that others voices begin to drown out your own personal, and you might find yourself struggling to come up along with original and creative ideas.
Sooner or later, we just need to stop consuming. If you’re trying hard to get from the planning phase, stop reading others sites. Stop reading books. Stop reading anybody’s else’s tips about how to do what you are attempting to do, and just roll with the knowledge you have already gained. You learn a lot from the research and planning phase, but you also learn a ton from the trial and error of finally only doing it yourself.
Set deadlines and launch dates for projects:
There have been a great deal of jobs in my business. Which I said what I was going to do and after that never did. A few of them I simply never got around to touching at the very first place, and others fell victim to over planning and never made it past the planning phase.
In my 4 years of web blogging, I’ve written one eBook. So what is the distinction between the eBook I composed and the ones which never got written? I was afraid I was going to over plan and procrastinate and never wind up finishing the book.
I pulled out my calendar, picked an arbitrary date 3 months away, and determined which was the day that I was going to start my own eBook. Not only did I decide which was the day and indicate it on my calendar. Additionally, I told my audience within an e-mail that I was writing a book and that is when it’d be coming out.
And as soon as people responded and told me they had been enthused about the book, I understood there was no way I couldn’t write it. I am not necessarily suggesting you want to declare your deadline into the world whenever you have not even started your job. But you can absolutely see how establishing a deadline for myself was the kick in the pants that I needed to really make it happen. This was the gap between the endeavors I did not finish and the one that I did.
Break projects down into small, actionable tasks:
Beginning a big new job can be really dimmed overwhelming. It is no wonder we spend as much time at the planning phase. That is why the FIRST thing you do for any new purpose or job should be to break it down into bite size pieces which you can put right on your to-do list! When I am doing this, I love to work backward. Let us return to my own eBook example. I’d figured out what date I wanted to launch my own eBook.
From there I worked and figured out when I must make the revenue page, when I need to send the book to someone for proofreading, and once I need to write and schedule my own launch emails. I worked ALL the way back to when I must write each and every chapter. Every task was little enough to put it on my own to-do list as one little task.
Learn to be okay with imperfection:
It is different for everybody, but I know that one of many reasons I have a tendency to over plan so much is because I am concerned about setting out anything which is not perfect. And while perfectionism may be an asset at times, it is also a significant form of procrastination. Once I write something, I frequently find myself publishing it much later than I must have. Or not publishing it at all, just because I wasn’t convinced it was perfect.
However, I have found that when I do not publish things until they are perfect, I’ll literally never publish anything. Since perfect does NOT exist. And sometimes it is okay to settle for A- work rather than A+ work in the interest of actually getting your work out there.